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Nov 10, 2013 2:00pm EST
jewel 1914 i think the germans wantedded their us a trian ally to crush serbia without anybody else getting involved. they saw only a local war. but they were amazingly willing to accept the risk and the general european conflagration would follow. germany was not ruled -- as an -- in which the emperor postured and the generals planned for the premise that war served prussia well with three great victories over austria and france and denmark. they also recognized that democracy, now threatened their control of their own country. it was a socialist majority in the german parliament which was opposed to militarism, and promised to end the kaiser's rule. more than a few politicians and soldiers believed a triumph abroad could halt the advance of the socialist tide. they also made a mistake typical of their age. they underestimated the dominance their country was achieving through its industrial prowess without firing a shot on any battlefield. germany was plowing ahead of britain, france, russia, by every economic indicator, but the keiser and his generals measured strength by counting
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